August 8, 2011 at 3:28 am
Yup. As always, thanks for reading/watching/hanging out with me! ~Thunt
August 2, 2011 at 9:13 pm
This past weekend, I went camping with my family. We had a great time. This has made updating today's comic difficult. But fear not! Meet The Merchandisables. This page was recently drawn by me for the comic Japan Needs Heroes, which is a collection of work from many fantastic comic authors. The goal of JNH is to raise money to aid the folks in Japan who (as we all know) experienced a major earthquake. So if you want to buy a copy of the above comic (and a plethora of other comics by other artists), you have until this weekend to order it from Kickstarter. After that, you'll just have to hope that you can find it in your local comic book store. This Friday, Goblins will continue as normal (click on the vote button for a sneak peek of the next Goblins page). As for today, I am working feverishly on Tempts Fate kicking ass! As always, thanks for reading. ~Thunt
July 25, 2011 at 7:46 pm
Right now, I am casting broad (you know... broadcasting). I'm drawing tomorrow's comic page on Tabby (you know... my new tablet). As always, thanks for reading/watching. ~Thunt
July 14, 2011 at 5:58 am
This Monday at noon (GMT -7 : Western Canada Time) I will launch the newest Tempts Fate. This Tempts will include giving away a bunch of original art from the comic as well as some other goodies. To insure that I'm able to draw both TF and the main comic, I'll be starting a drawing marathon to coincide with Tempts' adventure. Here are the rules of the marathon... - The live camera will always be on and pointed at my desk (though I may mute the sound for brief periods if Danielle and I need to discuss something private or make a phone call). - I can leave my desk for sleep, bathroom breaks and to stretch my legs for a minute or two every couple hours. Other than that, I stay at my desk. That's right... no showers (ew). -I'm allowed six hours of sleep per night. -I will remain at my desk, drawing until the financial goal is met. The exact financial goal is still being discussed by Danielle and me, but it'll be big. Really, really big. Big enough that I'm not sure if Tempts Fate will survive this one. Why so big? Well... Some of you might remember a blog post about how I didn't want to do a huge Tempts Fate to try and raise enough money to make a down payment on the house we're currently renting, but want to buy. After I made that post, I received a large number of emails telling me that I should go ahead and raise the down payment and let the fans decide for themselves what to do. Still, I didn't feel comfortable doing it. My plan was to scrimp and save and possibly get the down payment together before our lease was up (our landlady was nice enough to give us that much time to try and buy the house). Then the game changed. Last week, Danielle and I were served court papers informing us that the Bank is foreclosing on our landlady's house (our home). By Canadian law, the foreclosure trumps our lease and from what I understand about the process (which isn't a whole lot), we could be kicked out of here in about two months. I hate to sound all whiny, but I'm tired of not letting my son put up posters in his room because we may be moving. I'm tired of the tears, I'm tired of trying not to think about the fact that I may have to give our dog away to open up our apartment finding options. I'm tired of not being able to focus on our wedding or start trying to have a baby. Besides, if Tempts were standing in front of me, he'd run me through with a spear for not letting him risk his butt on this. He's kinda crazy. Click here for the Tempts Fate page (which is where you can donate) or click on the "Tempts 11!" button in the menu up top. Here's the live feed of my ongoing marathon. As always, thanks for reading. ~Thunt
July 7, 2011 at 8:20 pm
This is sort of a "coming out of the closet" blog post for me. No, I'm not gay (my apologies to the gay community for stealing their phrase) but I am letting you in on a bit of a secret. I am an ASMR experiencer. Put simply, ASMR (Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response) is an strong, euphoric sensation that often overwhelms the experiencer. It is caused by outside triggers that vary depending on the person. These triggers can be auditory, such as a person's voice, clicking or tapping noises or even the sound of someone eating or chewing gum. Triggers can also be visual, like seeing someone concentrate on something such as sculpting. The euphoric sensation happens whether it is welcomed or not and as far as I know, most experiencers have little to no control over it, though I have read rumours about people who can "will" it to happen. It is important to understand that this sensation is 100% non-sexual. During the rare times that I've tried to explain this condition to other people, it's been difficult to convince non-experiencers that this isn't a sexual experience. Nothing about this is arousing or fetishistic. So what is it? Basically, the experiencer will notice a trigger. Let's say that it's someone on a bus chewing gum or perhaps it's someone tapping their fingers on their desk behind you at school. It might even be the sound of a staticy phone connection. At that point, the experiencer will feel an immensely pleasurable "tingly" feeling that sort of crawls across the inside of the scalp. If the trigger continues, the sensation grows. Personally, I would spend this time sitting quite still, waiting for the feeling to pass and hoping to various Gods that no one notices that I'm tripping out on what I imagine heroin might feel like. This sounds really weird, right? Sounds like I'm kind of insane? This is exactly why I've spent my entire life keeping my mouth shut and why (I'm guessing) most of the other ASMR experiencers keep their mouths shut too. So why does this happen? Right now, no one knows. There are a ton of theories, but literally, no one on the planet can explain why this happens. I mean, there seems to be no connection between the triggers and what I'm guessing is some sort of massive dopamine release. I've been triggered by watching someone use a pen to do math. It was something about the way the pen moved. Yeah... I'm shrugging my shoulders and rolling my eyes at how ridiculous this sounds, too. Some people online talk about how they've seemingly dedicated their lives to finding as many of these triggers as they can. Some people "do it" recreationally. Some people, like myself, mostly try to avoid triggers. But I think that all ASMR experiencers are very curious as to why this happens. Sometimes, when I've tried to explain this to people, they've said... "I think I've felt that before". I'm pretty sure that if you think you might have experienced it, you haven't. The people who have experienced ASMR, have experienced it a lot throughout their lives and they usually respond with "Oh my God YES! You get that too!? What the hell IS that?! I thought I was the only one!" or something along those lines. So there we have it. You all know that I'm crazy. The secret that I've guarded so closely for my entire life is out there. Also... I'm Batman. ASMR Research & Support As always, thanks for reading. ~Thunt
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